10 New Organizations and Instructors Awarded IREC Credential

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) announced today that 10 educational organizations and individual trainers in renewable energy and energy efficiency were recently awarded the prestigious IREC Credential.

“It is exciting to see such a diverse group of organizations and educators demonstrating their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through pursuit of an IREC credential,” said Laure-Jeanne Davignon, director of IREC’s Credentialing Program. “We view this as a strong indicator of the health and maturity of the fast-growing renewable energy and energy efficiency industry.”

The IREC Credentialing Program for colleges, private training organizations and individual trainers is the respected mark of quality, market-valued training that provides important new safeguards for energy consumers, industry, students and government.

“A workforce trained to industry-recognized competencies leads to the good workmanship consumers expect. I applaud the newly awarded IREC certificants. Their hard work in achieving these credentials demonstrates their commitment to excellence,” said IREC President and CEO Jane Weissman.

Focused on quality training that meets employer needs, the IREC Credential offers workers, employers and consumers the reassurance that trainers and training programs are teaching skills to industry-validated standards, to create a highly qualified clean energy workforce.

For more than 30 years, IREC has been raising the bar for the clean energy industry. Today, IREC leads the nation in the development of quality and competency standards, and accreditation and certification programs for clean energy educators and training programs in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Together, they form a strong foundation for a quality workforce.

The trainers and organizations listed below have successfully completed a rigorous assessment process for their curriculum, administration, facilities, tools and hardware, personnel, safety practices.

Affiliated Master Trainer Certification

Isaac Opalinsky, SunPower Corporation
Fundamentals of Residential Design
Fundamentals of Residential Installation
Fundamentals of Commercial Rooftop Design
Advanced Design
Advanced Installation

Joseph Villacci, Solar Energy International
PV201L: Solar Electric Lab Week (Grid-Direct)
PV301L: Solar Electric Lab Week (Battery-Based)
PV101: Solar Electric Design & Installation (Grid-Direct)
PVOL101: Solar Electric Design & Installation (Grid-Direct) Online

Dawn Moody, Energy Coordinating Agency of Philadelphia, Inc.
Energy Analyst

Paul Ricker, Energy Coordinating Agency of Philadelphia, Inc.
Energy Analyst
Weatherization and Retrofit

Affiliated Instructor Certification

David Dennis, Energy Coordinating Agency of Philadelphia, Inc.
Energy Analyst
Weatherization and Retrofit
EPA Renovation, Repair, & Painting (RRP)

Continuing Education Provider Accreditation
Continuing Education Providers are institutions that offer short courses or workshops for the professional development of participants.

SolPowerPeople, Inc. (Provisional to Full Award)
SPV2000 – SolPowerPeople Photovoltaic (PV) Systems Foundations Workshop
SPV3000 – SolPowerPeople Advanced PV Systems Design & Installation Workshop

Training Program Accreditation
Accredited training programs provide evidence that graduates achieve the necessary knowledge and skills to perform successfully on the job. These programs teach all tasks and subtasks defined for a job through a Job Task Analysis.

Pulaski Technical College
Retrofit Installer Technician Job Task Analysis
Big Picture: Site Built Home Weatherization Fundamentals
Big Picture: Mobile Home Weatherization Fundamentals, Weatherization Health and Safety

Red Rocks Community College
Photovoltaic Installer Job Task Analysis
ENY 101 Intro to Energy Technologies
ENY 102 Building Energy Audit Tech
ENY 130 Solar Photovoltaic Grid-tie
ENY 131 Advanced Solar PV
ENY 231 Solar Contracting
ENY 240 Estimating for Energy
ENY 277 Advanced PV Concepts and Commercial Applications
OSH 127 10 HR Construction Industry Standards
CAR 123 Roof Framing
CAR 125 Roofing Materials and Methods
EIC 110 Electrical Installations I
HVA 105 Electricity for HVAC/R

Association for Energy Affordability, Inc. (AEA)
Energy Auditor Job Task Analysis
Residential Energy Auditor I
Residential Energy Auditor II

Energy Coordinating Agency of Philadelphia, Inc. (ECA)
Energy Auditor and Retrofit Installer Technician Job Task Analyses
Energy Analyst
Weatherization and Retrofit
EPA Renovation, Repair, & Painting (RRP)


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